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    Sydney home care scheme goes global

    Saturday, 29 April 2017

    A home care visiting scheme pioneered by University of New South Wales researchers that helps vulnerable pregnant women has been so successful in Sydney that it’s going global. The Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH) program began a decade ago in south-western Sydney and...

  • Image - Ride for Life supports cancer survivors

    Ride for Life supports cancer survivors

    Saturday, 29 April 2017

    The NSW Cancer Survivors Centre at UNSW will benefit from the Ride for Life fundraising cycling event in Sydney this Sunday 19 August. The good news is more people are surviving cancer but until recently there was a gap in providing physical and emotional support for survivors, with most patients...

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    Comprehensive cancer care

    Saturday, 29 April 2017

    Construction has begun on a new $76 million cancer treatment and research facility following a sod-turning ceremony at the Prince of Wales Hospital. The NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, Jillian Skinner, and the Member for Coogee, Bruce Notley-Smith, broke ground on the site that will...

  • Drug prohibition: moving to Plan B

    Saturday, 29 April 2017

    OPINION: Australia21, of which I am one of the directors, released its second report on drug prohibition this morning. The report calls for a redefinition of how we deal with drugs to primarily a health and social problem. Our first drug report, released in April, concluded that the war-on-drugs...

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    Psychiatry in his sights

    Indigenous doctor Josef McDonald, who has just graduated from UNSW, plans to focus his career on mental health problems in his community. The 24-year-old is the third graduate of the Shalom Gamarada residential scholarship program, which offers full board and accommodation at Shalom College to...

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    Brain cancer boost

    Four of the world's best minds in brain cancer research will join UNSW's Lowy Cancer Research Centre as part of a new visiting academic program. The first of the international collaborators, brain tumour pathologist Professor Paul Kleihues, took up his post this week from the Institute of Clinical...

  • Image -  Injection offers hope for treating auto-immune disease

    Injection offers hope for treating auto-immune disease

    Australian researchers have uncovered a potential new way to regulate the body’s natural immune response, offering hope of a simple and effective treatment for auto-immune diseases. Auto-immune diseases result from an overactive immune response that causes the body to attack itself. The new...

  • Image - A blueprint for fixing Australia's health system

    A blueprint for fixing Australia's health system

    OPINION: The publication this week of the landmark CareTrack study into the quality of healthcare in Australia will inevitably be interpreted by some as bad news. As its lead authors, we'd argue otherwise. It is, in fact, a potentially powerful blueprint for change. The study, published in the...

  • Image - E-prescribing slashes error rates

    E-prescribing slashes error rates

    Medication prescribing errors can be reduced by as much as 66 percent with the introduction of electronic prescribing technology in hospitals, new Australia-first research shows. A study from the University of New South Wales found the implementation of commercial e-prescribing systems led to a...

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